Warehouse of Blessings

Are there blessings in your life that you haven’t received?  Maybe blessings that you haven’t even recognized?

            With respect to blessings, many of us consider our loved ones, our jobs, our homes, our friends, and even our church. What we often fail to think about are the opportunities God grants us to serve others. Allow me to elaborate.

            Bruce Wilkinson told the story of a man who died and went to heaven. At the Pearly Gates, he was met by St. Peter. Peter toured the man around showing him all of the wonderful sights. However, there was a large warehouse in the distance of which Peter said nothing. The man inquired about the purpose of the warehouse. Reluctantly, Peter walked with the man over to the massive facility. Inside were boxes stacked upon one another to the ceiling and as far as the eye could see. The man asked Peter what was in the boxes. Peter sadly replied, “Blessings. Inside these boxes are blessings God had given to God’s children yet they failed to open and use them.”

            The intent of this story is to remind each of us that blessings may come disguised in ways we do not recognize. Jesus claimed that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Personally, I have discovered that giving is bi-directional. When I offer a gesture of kindness to someone, I typically come away feeling myself blessed. When I give of my time to another, I frequently depart the conversation a bit more joyful than before I arrived. When I allow another driver to merge in front of me on the freeway, I likely feel a bit less rushed and my heart a bit more serene.

            Since first reading Wilkinson’s story above, I make one critical request of God each day in prayer. “Lord Jesus, please grant me the wisdom to recognize and act upon the blessings you offer me today. I want to leave no gift unopened.” May it be for you, as well.